The Advantages of Using a Computer Mouse

Updated November 21, 2016

The computer mouse was first introduced by Steve Jobs in 1984, who designed it for use with his Macintosh Apple computers. The first computer mouse calculated movement by using a light emitting diode (LED), which monitored the movement of the peripheral and relayed this information to the computer. Nowadays, movement is done with an optical light, which tracks movement and reports back to the computer. Since its introduction, the computer mouse has been used by graphic designers, computer technicians and amateurs as a convenient tool.

Best for Graphic Design

Computer mouses provide an advantage for graphic designers who rely on their mobility and ease of use to draw up complicated graphics. The movement of the mouse is almost limitless and has been improved with the introduction of wireless computer mouses. As long as there is surface space next to the computer or laptop, a graphic artist can move his cursor and manipulate and image to his liking. A mouse provides unparalleled movement that cannot be achieved with a laptop tracking pad.


Current computer mouses have become multi-tools providing more than just limitless cursor movement -- they are now equipped with a variety of buttons, which relay commands quickly and efficiently. A computer mouse allows an operator to use one hand to perform most of the operational tasks on a computer. Unless the user is typing a message or using keyboard shortcuts, the user can access all functions using the mouse. The process of navigating a computer hard drive or directory is achieved quickly.

Ease of Use

The mouse is a simple component that requires little practice when trying to master it. Users without any previous experience simply have to move the mouse physically to achieve the action on the computer screen. For most people, it is one of the easier computer functions to perform. The most common actions of a mouse are movement and pressing buttons to open and close file windows, which can be understood by even the most amateur of users.

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Alexander Sam is an avid photographer/traveler. After completing a trip across India, Thailand and Laos he decided that he wasn't made for the cubicle job. Presently he is backpacking across South America and hopes to find himself in another part of the world at this time next year. Sam studied sociology at York University.